A Blue So Dark
Fifteen-year-old Aura Ambrose has been hiding a secret. Her mother, a talented artist and art teacher, is slowly being consumed by schizophrenia, and Aura has been her sole caretaker ever since Aura's dad left them. Convinced that "creative" equals crazy, Aura shuns her own artistic talent. But as her mother sinks deeper into the darkness of mental illness, the hunger for...more
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”Sanity is a sonnet with a strict meter and rhyme scheme – and my mind is free verse.”The relationship between mental illness and creativity is a subject I find both intriguing and provocative. I think I’ve long been fascinated with the idea of a type of symbiosis existing between them. After all, the concept of the tortured artist has become something of a stock image in our society, and not entirely without basis (see: The Sylvia Plath Effect, for example). It’s a fraught, complicated topic,...more
This is one of the most impressively written debut novels I've read this year. (And that's saying a lot because I've read a lot of them!) But it wasn't just the writing that was so striking... the characterization, the story... everything! It was... WOW.
Aura's story is definitely one that will stay with you. To watch her struggle so intimately......more
Now for the story. Aura Ambrose has been caring for her schizophrenic mother ever since her father left them a few years ago. The story begins with her re...more
"Schizophrenics have abnormalities of left or right brain functioning. The left brain )the center of logic seems to be most affected. Which means the right side, the creative side, takes over. And that's why a schizophrenic is like a child playing dress-up, afraid of monsters, living in a world of make-believe."
This book moved me. I'm talking "picked-me-up-and-hurtled-me-across-the-room" moved me. I may very well be biased, as I am studying to be a psychiatric nurse. Mental illness i...more
My expectations for this book were really, unfairly high. I stumbled across in on Goodreads while at work, started to read it as soon as I got home that day and it just wasn't magic for me. I've had this story in my head for a while now, about a young girl living the southern states and her mother is diagnosed with schizophrenia so when I read this summary, it was like I...more
Aura is a girl who has had to grow up very fast - she is merely fifteen soon to be sixteen, and it has been three years since her father gave up on her and her m...more
I loved all the character...more
Mother and daughter are brilliant artists left with only each other when Grace's (mom) battle with schizophrenia l...more
The story gripped me tightly and almost didn't let go. It was heart wrenching to see this young girl struggling with the thoughts inside herself – loving art s...more
To say ‘I loved A Blue So Dark’ would certainly be an understatement! Holly Schindler did a swell job on the book. From providing knowledge about schizophrenia to rooting the reader’s interest in the book from the very first page,Holly has been impeccable! From the synopsis itself,I was aware that A Blue So Dark is a different kind of book-a kind of book I am not used to reading...more
"Sanity is a sonnet with a strict meter and rhyme scheme-and my mind is free verse."
In all honesty, I got this book because of the cool cover and blurb but I didn't expect that this would give me a complete emotional roller coaster ride. In the middle of reading it, I had to pause and take deep breaths and let it all sink in. The weight of the story and its characters made me tear up since the third chapter.
The story, the way it was written, the characterization was amazing. Really amazing! J...more
I didn’t have any expectations about this book. The cover drew me in because it looked like a paranormal story I could get lost into. I honestly didn’t even read any blurbs, reviews—not even the synopsis before I ordered it. This book has been sitting in my to-read shelf for quite a while. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be a...more
Aura Ambrose thinks her life sucks. Her father left the family for another woman. Her mother, Grace, is a gifted artist and an art teacher but she is slowly losing her mind to schizophrenia. Due to her condition, there are times she couldn't differentiate between real life and imag...more
I was so mad because not only did Aura felt (and was made) responsible for her mother, but because there were adults...more
This is about Aura Ambrose and her mother Grace Ambrose. Grace has schizophrenia and has been slowly losing herself day by day. One day her husband can't take it anymore and leaves Grace with only Aura to watch over her.
Aura is given a lot to deal with here, her mother's descent into mental illness most notably. This book is the story of how Aura's life comes apart despite her best efforts. It's really well-done, it's really dark, it's a grueling read.
A few minor quibbles: I didn't...more
Aura lives with her mother. She desperately misses her old life, the one when her dad was a philosopher and her mom was an accomplished artist and she their beloved Aura. Now Mom is lost to schizophrenia, Dad has bailed for his perky new family and career in insurance- Aura is left to care for her ever stranger mother.
She promised her mom when Dad left- "No drugs, no telling Dad." fulfi...more
I dove headfirst into my writing pursuits after receiving my MA in English from Missouri (that’s pronounced Ma-zur-AH, for those of you not in the know) State University. After wearing out a mere half dozen keyboards (I’m completely serious) drafting enough manuscripts to form a pile that literally str...more